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Old June 14th, 2014, 08:38 PM   #1001
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The bottom one's actually in Montreal, Quebec

I also didn't realize the balconies would stick out so much
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Old June 15th, 2014, 04:10 AM   #1002
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30 floors indeed based on this picture. Past the halfway mark. I hope the concrete won't be treated cause it looks more white in the renders. With the concrete staying as is and that clear glass, it would enhance the brutalist philosophy of the building and create an amazing visual effect.
Totally agree. If they just throw in some beautiful semi-transparent glazing this tower will be stunning.
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Old June 15th, 2014, 05:03 AM   #1003
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Old June 15th, 2014, 07:58 AM   #1004
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Old June 15th, 2014, 06:19 PM   #1005
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I'd have to disagree with you there. You're right about the thickness of the concrete but the overall aesthetic of the building, especially the bottom and top emulate the characteristics of previous brutalist buildings like this one upstate...
I think the aesthetic is totally different with 56 Leonard. When I think of Brutalism, these sort of buildings come to mind:








For 56 Leonard, the proportion of glass to concrete is much higher. The emphasis is not of making a fortress-like or intimidating structure, but on stacking habitable glass rectangles, often cantilevered. I bet that if the architects could have used concrete pads half as thick, they would have. There are also no vertical concrete structures aside from the necessary interior columns.





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Old June 15th, 2014, 10:36 PM   #1006
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Since the word 'brutalism' comes from 'beton brut' (raw concrete in French) tehnically it could still count as that.
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Old June 15th, 2014, 11:11 PM   #1007
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some call it neo-brutalism...
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Old June 16th, 2014, 06:41 AM   #1008
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Starting to make it's debut in the outer boroughs


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Old June 16th, 2014, 07:03 AM   #1009
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OMG this is unreal!nice one!
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Old June 16th, 2014, 01:50 PM   #1010
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Starting to make it's debut in the outer boroughs
this one will stand out from this angle. No tall towers nearby
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Old June 16th, 2014, 03:23 PM   #1011
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Old June 16th, 2014, 07:03 PM   #1012
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Eh. This is nice filler via-a-vis the real gem to rise downtown! Shvo-tuned!!
So tell us how you really feel, or are you just here to troll?
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Old June 16th, 2014, 07:44 PM   #1013
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Rising pretty fast!
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Old June 16th, 2014, 08:03 PM   #1014
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I wouldn't call 56 Leonard a filler vis a vis any other tower, even TV. It will be a classic in its own right.

As far as the debate over its brutalist influence I could settle with what one poster above described it as being "neo-brutalist" cause sure it doesn't use concrete the way traditional brutalist buildings do but there's no way you can look at this building and say that it doesn't draw it's influence from that particular style.

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Old June 16th, 2014, 08:31 PM   #1015
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I think it's starting to reach the end of the 'more normal' section. Seems like the balconies will become more wild after this.
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Fantastic pics Tectonic. Thanks for the update. You captured the site from great angles.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 05:30 AM   #1018
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I'd have to disagree with you there. You're right about the thickness of the concrete but the overall aesthetic of the building, especially the bottom and top emulate the characteristics of previous brutalist buildings like this one upstate
I'm not a fan of brutalism, but i can definitely dig brutalist cues used in buildings. There were some redeeming qualities, I guess.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 05:38 AM   #1019
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For 56 Leonard, the proportion of glass to concrete is much higher. The emphasis is not of making a fortress-like or intimidating structure, but on stacking habitable glass rectangles, often cantilevered.

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And yet, 56 Leonard IS quite fortress-like and intimidating, no? I don't think anyone is saying this is brutalist, but that it may be brutalist-influenced. I can see that.

Regardless, we can all agree the building will probably look amazingly fresh.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 05:41 AM   #1020
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Amazing tower this will be.
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